The original idea for Ric Flair's Wrestlemania run (as suggested by Steve Austin) would have included "The Nature Boy" wrestling on all three brands - Raw, Smackdown, and ECW.
At this point, Ric Flair is being considered for the main attraction for next year's WWE hall of fame. Mae Young's name has also surfaced as a possible inductee.
Ric Flair was #12 on Yahoo's buzz chart for top sports searches.
Ric Flair was mentioned in the New York Times Thursday, noting the star supporters of Mike Huckabee were Flair and Chuck Norris. The reference to Flair was snide saying, his name and saying , "Who I'm sure you all remember from his exciting triumph over Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat in the 1989 National Wrestling Alliance heavyweight title match.” Thursday's Charlotte Observer, in coverage of a Stevie Wonder concert in Charlotte on Tuesday night, noted Flair was there and dancing to Wonder's hits including doing his pro wrestling dance when he sang "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours."
On SportsCenter Friday, they were showing NASCAR Nextel Cup winner Jimmie Johnson's speech from the NASCAR awards where he mentioned his father and him. His father told him "to be the best, you have to beat the best." And afterwards one of the anchors said "If Jimmie Johnson's dad were Ric Flair he would say 'TO BE THE MAN, YOU HAVE TO BEAT THE MAN -- WOOO!".
Bill Goldberg recently stated in an interview that there is zero percent chance he would ever wrestle again.
There are currently no plans for Jeff Jarrett to return to television as a performer during the next few months.
There is no talk of TNA bringing back Junior Fatu. He didn't receive high marks for his backstage attitude.
The TNA booking team is still Jeff Jarrett, Vince Russo, and Dutch Mantel. Mike Tenay, Jeremy Borash, and Abyss sit in on the meetings and make suggestions.
Sting will be working the upcoming TNA Live Events in Mexico. If he doesn't resign with the company those could end up being his last dates with TNA. As of the weekend, there was no Sting update. Apparently he was telling people a few months ago that he wouldn't resign with TNA, but TNA still feels they can keep him in the fold.
Although not working for the company anymore, the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase will be having a book released under the WWE banner through their book deal with Simon & Schuster. Containing a total of 256 pages, this book titled 'Ted DiBiase' will be released in paperback format on June 10th of next year with a retail price of $16. Tom Caiazzo will be helping in writing this book. He worked on the Steve Williams book and also the upcoming Tito Santana books.
A match being considered for Wrestlemania 24 would pit women's champion Beth Phoenix against Candice Michelle.
During the Missouri-Oklahoma football game Saturday night, the game came back from a commercial and the camera showed Toby Keith and Jim Ross was sitting right next to him. Commentator Brett Mussburger said "There's Toby Keith in attendance". Then commentator Kirk Heiberstreet said "Isn't that wrassler announcer J. R. Ross?!?!" Also with about two mins left in the game, you could see Jim Ross standing maybe about 20 yards back of Bob Stoops, head coach of Oklahoma.
Several local wrestlers were making visits to shows this week. Dirty Harry Sanchez was spotted at the IZW show watching from the crowd. Sassy Merlot was backstage at the IZW show visiting friends and during intermission took pictures for Kenny Campbell, Dustin Heritage, and Michael Barry. After the show she was overheard speaking with IZW Commissioner Mike Iles about a possible comeback. Mitch W. Carter was seen visiting friends backstage at the ComPro show while Terry Montana was in the crowd watching the event.
80's wrestling star The Angel of Death was found dead in his hometown of Arlington, TX. The Angel of Death (Real name: Dave Sheldon) worked for many North American territories during the 1980s and early 1990s including Stampede Wrestling, World Class Championship Wrestling, and Bill Watts's Universal Wrestling Federation as the bodyguard of The Fabulous Freebirds. Sheldon was also part of the California-based Powerteam USA group, which included Sting, "Ultimate Warrior" Jim Hellwig and Mark Miller. He first started wrestling with Stampede Wrestling with Owen Hart, Brian Pillman, and Chris Benoit. He also spent time in WCW under a mask as 1/2 of the Russian Assassins as well as one of several of the imposter Black Scorpions. His only known title reign was on July 13, 1990, when he defeated Kerry Von Erich by forfeit for the USWA Texas Title. He would hold that title for a little over 4 months, losing it to Kevin Von Erich on Novemeber 23, 1990. In an odd bit of trivia, he was scheduled to be the next opponent for both Kerry Von Erich & Bruiser Brody prior to their deaths. Angel of Death has 3 documented Oklahoma appearances. On April 18, 1987, competing as Angel Mohammed while part of Skandar Akbar’s Devastation, Inc., he defeated Mike Reed at a UWF event in Muskogee. 3 months later, he was part of the last documented UWF event in Oklahoma City on July 11, 1987, where he teamed with Rick Steiner and Eddie Gilbert and lost to the trio of Dusty Rhodes, Chris Adams & Sting. Finally, on November 7, 1992, he fought Butch Reed to a Double DQ at a PZWA event in Tecumseh. Oklafan extends its sympathies to Sheldon’s family.
November 17 - Jude Mackenzie def Shawn Blaze (with Joe Daniels), Brandon X & Luis Diamante def T. J. Dynamite & Andrew Remedy (with Joe Daniels) by DQ and Denzel Titan def Black Velvet (with Joe Daniels) in a Falls Count Anywhere match at the Outlaw Pro Wrestling event in Monroe, MI.
November 25 – Vladimir Koslov def. Jim Duggan at the WWE RAW event in Greenville, SC.
November 25 - Sir Samurai & Mr. Frost def. Adam Thornstowe & Rik Luxury at the Supreme Pro Wrestling event in Sacramento, CA.
November 26 - Hardcore Holly, Cody Rhodes, Super Crazy & Jim Duggan def. The Highlanders and WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch at the WWE RAW event in Charlotte, NC. In other matches, Ric Flair def. WWE RAW World Champion Randy Orton and Charlie Haas def. Paul London.
November 27 - G-Rilla, Kevin Kiley & Chet Douglas def. Jake Hager, Shawn Osborne & Sinn Bowdee at the Florida Championship Wrestling event in New Port Richey, FL.
November 30 - Jack Evans & Ruckus def. B. J. Whitmer & Brent Albright, Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black and ROH Tag Team Champions Jay & Mark Briscoe in a 4-Way Tag Team Scramble Match, earning a tag team title shot, at the Ring of Honor event in Dayton, OH.
November 30 - Ric Santel def. Hammerjack (w/ Charming Charles) at the Southern All-Star Wrestling event in Millersville, TN.
November 30 - Kit Carson def. Dusty Wolfe and Murder & Big Ced def. The Family (Louie the Hand & Seth Shai) at the Xtreme Championship Wrestling event in Denton, TX.
November 30 - PCW Cruiserweight Champion J. T. LaMotta def. Jacob Starr, PCW Uncut Champion Franco D’Angelo & Wally Darkmon def. Spoiler 2000 & Brett Idol and Bash won a 30-man Battle Royal at the Professional Championship Wrestling Uncut event in Arlington, TX.
December 1 - Brent Albright def. Jigsaw at the Ring of Honor event in Chicago, IL
December 1 - Kofi Kingston & Tommy Taylor def. Jake Hager & Mike Mondo at the Florida Championship Wrestling event in Port Richey, FL.
December 1 - PCW Cruiserweight Champion J. T. LaMotta def. Aaron Eagle and PCW Champion Action Jackson def. Nobe Bryant at the Professional Championship Wrestling event in Arlington, TX.
December 2 - Samoa Joe, Kevin Nash & Eric Young def. TNA World Tag Team Champions A. J. Styles & Tomko & TNA World Champion Kurt Angle at the TNA “Turning Point” PPV event in Orlando, FL.
GLCW Champion King Kong Bundy defends the title against Eric Freedom at Great Lakes Championship Wrestling's "Blizzard Brawl 3" in Milwaukee, WI. In other matches, GLCW Tag Team Champions Dysfunction & Mason Quinn defend against Steve Stone & Hardcore Craig, The Texas Hangmen, and Demolition (Ax & Smash) in a Fatal Four Way Match.
TNA World Tag Team Champion A. J. Styles takes on Homicide and Christopher Daniels in a Triple Threat Match at the International Wrestling Cartel event in Elizabeth, PA
Texas, Inc., Dexter Hardaway, Michael Barry, and Shane Morbid are among the stars scheduled for the International Championship Wrestling event at the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri
Seth Shai vs. Big Ced and Larry Canyunga vs. Mike DiBiase are scheduled for the Xtreme Championship Wrestling event in Denton, TX.
Brent Albright is among the stars scheduled for the International Wrestling Cartel event in Elizabeth, PA
Mil Mascaras is among the stars scheduled for the Lucha Libre event in Naucalpan, Mexico
TNA World Tag Team Champion A. J. Styles takes on Chris Hero at the Jersey All Pro Wrestling event in Rahway, NJ
Steve Williams takes on Danny Demanto at the Pro Wrestling Syndicate event in Lake Hiawatha, NY
Sting, Rick Steiner, and TNA World Tag Team Champion A. J. Styles are among the stars scheduled for the TNA house show in Monterrey, Mexico
PCW Uncut Champion Franco D’Angelo vs. Bash is scheduled for the Professional Championship Wrestling Uncut Event in Arlington, TX.
Demolition (Ax & Smash) are among the stars scheduled for the Pro Wrestling Unplugged event in Philadelphia, PA
Joe Daniels is scheduled for the Outlaw Pro Wrestling event in Monroe, MI.
Rick Steiner is scheduled for the United Championship Wrestling event in Newport, TN.
MSW Heavyweight Champion Jason Jones, Jack Dalton, Michael Barry, Kraig Keesaman, Dustin Heritage, Brieanna Bringle, and Mike Iles are among the stars scheduled for the Mid-States Wrestling event in Branson, MO
J. T. LaMotta has been entered in Anarchy Championship Wrestling's "Lone Star Classic '07" tournament in San Antonio, TX
TNA World Tag Team Champion A. J. Styles is among the stars scheduled for the IGF event in Japan
Scotty Charisma is among the stars scheduled for the East Coast Professional Wrestling event in Lake Hiawatha, NY
Missy Hyatt is among the stars scheduled for the Women Superstars Uncensored event in Lake Hiawatha, NJ
MSW Heavyweight Champion Jason Jones, Michael Barry, Jake Boulder, Jack Dalton, Kenny Campbell, Dustin Heritage, and Mike Iles are among the stars scheduled for the Mid-States Wrestling event in Fayetteville, AR
Bob Armstrong & Brad Armstrong takes on The Hollywood Brunettes at the Georgia Wrestling Promotions event in Woodstock, GA
The Hangmen Three (Adam Pearce, B. J. Whitmer, & Brent Albright, w/ Shane Hagadorn) are among the stars scheduled for the Ring of Honor pay-per-view taping in New York, NY
The Hangmen Three (Adam Pearce, B. J. Whitmer, & Brent Albright, w/ Shane Hagadorn) are among the stars scheduled for Ring of Honor's "Final Battle 2007" event in New York, NY
IWGP World Tag Team Champions Giant Bernard & Tomko will defend against The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner) at the International Wrestling Grand Prix event in Tokyo, Japan
Tony Atlas is among the stars scheduled for the Top Rope Promotions event in Fall River, MA
Brent Albright is among the stars scheduled for the Ring of Honor event in Roxbury Crossing, MA
MSW Heavyweight Champion Jason Jones, Michael Barry, Jake Boulder, Jack Dalton, Kenny Campbell, Brieanna Bringle, Dustin Heritage, and Mike Iles are among the stars scheduled for the Mid-States Wrestling event in Harrison, AR
AWA-BCW Tag Team Champions The Dream Team (Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake) defend against American History Next (Steve Stone & Hardcore Craig) and Dinn T. Moore & Brandon Tatum in a Triple Threat Match at the AWA-Brew City Wrestling event in Waukesha, WI
Brent Albright is among the stars scheduled for the Ring of Honor event in Edison, NJ
J. T. LaMotta & Danny Matthews take on Andy Dalton & Greg Symmonds at the North Texas Wrestling Syndicate event in Wichita Falls, TX
UXW Tag Team Champions Demolition (Ax & Smash) and King Kong Bundy are among the stars scheduled for the USA Xtreme Wrestling event in Orlando, FL
Lanny Poffo is among the stars scheduled for an independent wrestling event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Buddy Landell and King Kong Bundy are among the stars scheduled for the IPWA reunion event in Sewell, NJ
AUTOGRAPHS & APPEARANCES
Jason Jones will be appearing at the Mid-States Promotions "Friday Night Fights" boxing event starting at 7:30pm at the Civic Center in West Plains, MO
King Kong Bundy, Demolition (Ax & Smash), B. G. James, Too Cool (Grand Master Sexay & Scotty Too Hotty), Luna Vachon, Al Snow, Traci Brooks, Bobcat, and D-Lo Brown will be signing autographs at "Blizzard Brawl 3" at the Ramada Convention Center in Milwaukee, WI. For more info go to BlizzardBrawl.com.
Jason Jones will be appearing at a kickboxing event starting at 7pm at Lead Hill High School in Lead Hill, AR
Shane Douglas is scheduled to appear at the International Wrestling Cartel event in Elizabeth, PA
Steve Williams will be hosting a special training seminar prior to a live Pro Wrestling Syndicate event in Lake Hiawatha, NY. Two hour seminar includes drills and psychology from the legend that trains guys regularly at WWE's Ohio Valley Wrestling. Limited spaces are available at just $25. Tickets for the training seminar also go on sale on October 1. For more info go to ProWrestlingSyndicate.com
Greg Valentine, Jim Neidhart, and Norman Smiley will be appearing at the Epic Comic Con at the Radisson Orlando-Sensation in Orlando, FL. For more info go to EpicComicCon.com.
Jason Jones will be appearing at the Mid-States Promotions "Wednesday Night Fights" boxing event starting at 7:30 at The Shake It Up Club in Branson, MO
January 19 – Buff Bagwell, Scotty Too Hotty, The Honky Tonk Man, Tatanka, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Demolition Ax and Smash, The Powers of Pain - Warlord and Barbarian, "Psycho" Sid Vicious and the legendary "Rowdy" Roddy Piper will be signing autographs at the “Bash at the Ballpark” event in Cocoa, FL.
Greg Valentine and Brian Knobbs will be signing autographs from 12:30pm to 3pm at Comic World inside Bramalea Centre in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. For more info call (905) 693-9409.
Greg Valentine and Brian Knobbs will be signing autographs from 11am to 1pm during the "Hamilton Card Show" at the Michelangelo Banquet Hall in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. For more info call (905) 693-9409.
Bret Hart, Ultimate Warrior, Animal of The Road Warriors, Demolition (Ax & Smash), Brutus Beefcake, The Honky Tonk Man, Marty Jannetty, Kamala, Tatanka, and Tammy Sytch have been announced as appearing at a wrestling convention at the Old Tafford Football Grounds in Manchester, England
Mick Foley, Ted DiBiase, Koko B. Ware, Demolition (Ax & Smash), Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel), U-Gene (formerly WWE's Eugene), Bob Backlund, Jacques Rougeau (AKA The Mountie), Jimmy Hart, Killer Kowalski, Doink the Clown (supposedly one of the 2 originals), Dink the Clown (AKA Tiger Jackson), Marty Jannetty, Scotty Too Hotty, Tatanka, Mr. Hughes, Talia Madison, and Rick Fuller will be appearing from 9am to 3pm at New England Pro Wrestling's "Gathering of the Stars" at the Ramada Inn in Seekonk, MA. For more info go to GatheringOfTheStars.com
December 3 - Steve Simpson
December 4 - Kenny Campbell, Shane Sanchez, Ray Candy
December 5 - Christopher Fox, Adrian Street, Kelly Kiniski
December 7 - Rick Rude